pub·​li·​ca·​tion | \ ˌpə-blə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce publication (audio) \

Definition of publication

1 : the act or process of publishing
2 : a published work

Examples of publication in a Sentence

The company specializes in the publication of dictionaries. She has a very impressive list of publications.
Recent Examples on the Web Shortly after publication, the Department of Health and Human Services banned the practice. Stat Staff, STAT, 4 Jan. 2022 Flynn told the industry publication that Amtrak is also also prioritizing areas that have seen booming population growth in recent decades, including adding new services to the Texas Triangle that connects San Antonio to Austin, Dallas, and Houston. Katie Friel, Chron, 28 Dec. 2021 After publication of this article, the quote was corrected to attribute it to Ashton Hamm, not Maya Porath. Eva Hagberg, Curbed, 24 Dec. 2021 Its success was darkened by the death of Ms. Didion’s daughter, Quintana Roo Dunne, shortly after publication. Washington Post, 23 Dec. 2021 Specifically of his move on casting Bardem, Sorkin told the publication that he's saddened at the the pushback he's received. Dan Heching,, 21 Dec. 2021 The new rules will take effect 60 days after publication in the Federal Register—expected before year’s end—and apply to vehicles starting in the model year 2023. Timothy Puko, WSJ, 20 Dec. 2021 Merck's Covid-19 antiviral, molnupiravir, lowers the risk of hospitalization or death in high-risk unvaccinated adults by 30%, according to a statement issued after publication of its clinical trial data in the New England Journal of Medicine. Travis Caldwell And Jen Christensen, CNN, 17 Dec. 2021 Zoe told the publication that Noth would walk by her desk and flirt with her and leave messages on her work phone. Elizabeth Wagmeister, Variety, 16 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of publication

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for publication

Middle English publicacioun, from Middle French publication, from Latin publication-, publicatio, from publicare, from publicus public

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12 Jan 2022

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“Publication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of publication

: the act or process of producing a book, magazine, etc., and making it available to the public
: a book, magazine, etc., that has been printed and made available to the public
: the act of printing something (such as an article or photograph) in a magazine, newspaper, etc.


pub·​li·​ca·​tion | \ ˌpə-blə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce publication (audio) \

Kids Definition of publication

1 : the act or process of producing (a printed work) and selling it to the public
2 : a printed work (as a book or magazine) made for sale or distribution



Legal Definition of publication

1 : the act or process of publishing
2 : a published work


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